The original design was
conceived in the northern New
York State woods by the
mountain man, Thomas Lee. He
used 16" wide plank boards,
probably maple, in his
construction. The chair was
first named the 'westport
plank chair' after the town in
which he lived.
1904, Henry C. Bunell
patented Mr. Lee's design and
manufactured the chair from
1905-1925. As the supply of wide
planks diminished, the chairs
were constructed from narrower
materials. The chairs you see so
frequently today are versions of
the more recent design.
grown up in the
Adirondacks, I was familiar with
this old design and recently came
upon one of the original chairs.
1990, having decided that the
chair was the perfect sitting chair, I
went into production with a local
furniture maker. The chairs are
constructed out of forested
mahogany (Luan). The chairs are
then primed, sanded, & painted
with 3 coats of yacht bottom paint
(Interlux). A variety of colors
and white are always available.
interior use, any color chip
can be matched.
39" wide, 33.5" deep, 39"
high, 15.5" seat height
$1600.00 per pair plus delivery